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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Marcel

Marcel is the derivation of the original Latin name and the ancient Roman forename “Marcus” which denotes “belonging to Mars.” It was one of the prominently used names for boys in antiquity and the classical era.

Some argue that this name presumably originates from Mars, the Roman god of battle. While others believe that it is derived from the Latin adjective “mas,” which means “male, virile.” The author of the second chapter of the New Testament and evangelist Mark is mostly responsible for Marcel’s fame. The name Marcelle is a feminine equivalent of this name. The countries that utilize it the most include France, Monaco, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Canada, and, to a lesser extent, Romania.

The French author Marcel Proust who is best known for his epic work “À la recherche du temps perdu,” is the widely recognized influence to make this name popular. His novel is regarded as the longest novel ever with over 4,000 pages and 1.5 million words. Both the globally renowned French mime Marcel Marceau and the French artist Marcel Duchamp share the surname, Marcel.

Marcello, Marcellus, Marcellino, Marcellinus, Marcelis, Marsellus, Marsey, etc. are notable variants of this name. You may also explore the nickname Mar if you want a shorter version of the name.

The famous pop-cultural fictional character who shares the same name as Marcel is the antagonist in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime sequel and spin-off series. An American television comedy developed by David Crane and Marta Kauffman called F.R.I.E.N.D.S features Marcel who is the pet monkey of Ross Geller. Another fictitious character sharing this name is Marcel Gerard who is a character in The Originals. It is an American fantasy-drama television series renewed by The CW television network.


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Famous People With The Name Marcel

  • Marcel Albert CarnéFrench film director of some of the greatest films like Port of Shadows, Le Jour Se Lève, and The Devil’s Envoys
  • Marcel IureșRomania’s most acclaimed, worked in films in Romania and internationally played roles on British television
  • Marcel OphulsGerman-French documentary filmmaker, popular for his films The Sorrow and the Pity and Hotel Terminus
  • Marcel VigneronAmerican celebrity chef, owner of an award-winning restaurant and catering company and one of the runner-ups of the second season of Top Chef

Marcel On Popularity Chart

Marcel has not fluctuated by great margins in the US baby name charts for the last two decades. Let us look at the graph to gather more information.

Popularity Over Time

In 2021, Marcel was shared by 385 babies per million in the United States. Follow the graph to know more about its popularity.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Marcel has not been among the top 1000 names in the US Baby name charts yet. Its highest rank was in 1983 at 12667th.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound Marcel

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Names With Similar Meaning Marcel

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Name Numerology For Marcel

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